Dr. Benjamin Greene presented on his own research evolution during Phi Alpha Theta’s Graduate Research Forum. He discussed some of the realities that face graduate students when devising their own research projects, and provided examples from his own experience. Among his suggestions were: understand the scope of your project and plan accordingly; recognize the realities of the program and faculty who students are able to work with; and follow recent trends in the historical field and apply them to your own research.
Graduate students posed several questions for Dr. Greene, who shared his ideas for early projects, as well as going in detail on his current project, a journal article and planned book on the Berlin Volksfest, inspired by his time spent in Berlin in the 1990s.
The PAT Graduate Research Forum is designed to present the evolution of a research topic from an idea first conceived all the way through to publication/approval. We intend to present an array of faculty and graduate students currently working on research to illuminate the process as well as provide a forum to discuss their research in the hopes of generating feedback and wider appreciation for the amount of research generated in this department.
The PAT Graduate Research Forum is a collaboration between Joe Faykosh and Alex Sycher. If you would like to present (or have someone in mind whose research you would love to learn more about), please contact Joe or Alex (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Scheduled for October is Joe Faykosh, presenting on his dissertation process, and Dr. Rebecca Mancuso in November.
For more on Dr. Benjamin Greene and his research, please visit his faculty page.